Oedipus Rex and Antigone, both by the Greek dramatist Sophocles, are considered by many to be the greatest dramas ever written and performed. The issues they raise; personal responsibility, fate vs. free will, and the conflict between conscience and law have remained meaningful for thousands of years. In this course, we’ll read and discuss the thought-provoking Theban trilogy of two Oedipus plays and Antigone. We’ll also view and discuss scenes from three superb rare films of these dramas. Note: For the first class, please read the first third of Oedipus Rex (Oedipus the King), up to the entry of Creon. Recommended: A contemporary translation, preferably by Fagles, Fitts and Fitzgerald or the free online translation by Ian Johnston.
Tracy Marks, M.A. has taught continuing ed courses for 39 years, and specializes in literature, poetry writing, personal growth, Photoshop and eBay courses.